Item #64735 Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones. Daniel Mendelsohn.

Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones

New York Review of Books:
New York: 2019
First edition, TPBO, Trade paperback, New,
378 pp.

“Many of these essays look with fresh eyes at our culture's Greek and Roman models: some find an arresting modernity in canonical works ( Bacchae, the Aeneid), while others detect a ‘Greek DNA’ in our responses to national traumas such as the Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of JFK. There are pieces on contemporary literature, from the ‘aesthetics of victimhood’ in Hanya Yanagihara's ‘A Little Life’ to the uncomfortable mixture of art and autobiography in novels by Henry Roth, Ingmar Bergman, and Karl Ove Knausgård. Mendelsohn considers pop culture, too, in essays on the feminism of Game of Thrones and on recent films about artificial intelligence - a subject, he reminds us, that was already of interest to Homer.” #64735

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